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Earle to headline Aquatic Life Conference

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 November 2021, at 12:26pm

Dr Sylvia Earle, founder and chair of Mission Blue: The Sylvia Earle Alliance and a National Geographic explorer in residence, will keynote the 2nd Annual Aquatic Life Conference.

Sylvia Earle is due to deliver the keynote speech
Sylvia Earle is due to deliver the keynote speech

Dr Earle, world-renowned for her tireless advocacy to address the many threats to our ocean, will bring a voice in her keynote on November 15 at 13.00 EST to the most critical stakeholders missing from the global ocean conservation movement: aquatic animals.

"Treating ocean wildlife as commodities, measured by the ton and taken with industrial indifference, is not only inhumane, but is destroying the vital processes that underpin our existence – from carbon capture to oxygen generation," said Dr Earle.

Conference agenda

This year’s conference, held virtually from November 15-18, is happening at a critical juncture to elevate public awareness of aquatic animal sentience and the importance of taking their welfare into consideration as the global community works toward achieving the ambitions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

“There has never been a more important time to create the necessary conditions to transition to truly just food systems,” said William Bench, founder and president of the Aquatic Life Institute. “Aquatic animals have been historically left out of the animal welfare movement and our goal is to generate awareness of these issues across all sectors in order to dramatically improve the treatment and utilisation of aquatic animals. We’re honoured to have Dr Earle join us for this timely conversation.”

The four major themes covered this year are:

  • Fish welfare
  • Campaign & policy
  • Neglected research areas & species
  • Sustainability, conservation and food systems.
The Fish Site's Rob Fletcher will take part in a discussion on how animal advocacy groups should engage with the media
The Fish Site's Rob Fletcher will take part in a discussion on how animal advocacy groups should engage with the media

Event details

Experts from marine and ocean conservation groups, the private sector, and the media as well as speakers from outside the animal welfare community will participate in four days of presentations, panels, strategy workshops and networking opportunities to allow all interested stakeholders to come together to learn, exchange ideas, develop new networks and establish plans for potential future collaborations.

Other featured speakers at the 2nd Aquatic Life Conference include:

All details of the event, including agenda, speakers and registration are available here.